not a member? click here to sign up

Department of Education join U2 and The Ireland Funds Project

The Department of Education are to start helping fund the Music Generation project, which U2 and The Ireland Funds have bankrolled to the tune of €7 million since 2007.

The Hot Press Newsdesk, 21 Jan 2013



As a result, 5,000 children from all over the country have been able to enjoy free music lessons.

“The Department of Education and Skills will commence funding the initiative on a phased basis from July 2014,” confirms Minister Ruairi Quinn. “By 2016, the investment by local Music Education Partnerships and government is expected to be on a par with the donation from U2 and The Ireland Funds. Music Generation is a great example of how when we put our heads together we can deliver really exciting education programmes in new and innovative ways.”

Minister Quinn was speaking at the launch of Developing Diversity In Music Education In Ireland, a two-year initiative that’s being run in association with St. Patrick’s College.

There to lend their support were Paul McGuinness and The Edge who notes, “Over the years, there has been a tendency for music not to be the top priority, but the great thing about Music Generation is that it's putting it back where it needs to be. We really wanted to put our name to it, we feel strongly about this.”


Artist Related Content

Latest Related Articles For This Artist


U2 concert film director Hamish Hamilton on bringing the band's Paris shows to screens

In the new issue of Hot Press, Olaf Tyaransen chats with the award-winning filmmaker about the extraordinary events leading up to U2's triumphant gigs in Paris, now immortalised on iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live In Paris


News: 11 Jul 2016

U2 announce iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE live DVD

The band's unforgettable Paris visit to be released next month


News: 13 May 2016

U2 Pay Their Respects To Prince

I never met Mozart, I never met Duke Ellington or Charlie Parker I never met Elvis But I met Prince - Bono


News: 22 Apr 2016

U2 & Michael Flatley Make Top 10 Music Rich List

Bono, Adam, Larry and the Edge are sitting pretty at Number 3.


News: 21 Apr 2016

The Edge Confirms That U2’s New Album is Underway

The follow-up to Songs of Innocence will be called Songs of Experience


News: 30 Mar 2016

best of ireland

Contact Us

Hot Press,
13 Trinity Street,
Dublin 2.
Rep. Of Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 241 1500

Email:info@hotpress.ie

Click here for more contact information.

Click here to find out more about Hot Press

Hot Press always welcomes feed back so if you've got something to tell us click here.

Advertise With Us

For more detail on how to advertise with Hot Press click here or call us on +353 (1) 241 1540